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AITA links Sania’s poor showing to controversies


Kolkata : Even as tennis sensation Sania Mirza crashed out of the Hobart International quarter finals, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) has linked her poor showing to needless controversies she has been dragged into.

“It is most unfortunate that Sania Mirza’s name is being dragged unnecessarily from one controversy to the other. Such situations are seriously affecting her performance and will surely have an influence on her achieving high ranking position to qualify for the Olympics in singles and doubles,” AITA secretary general Anil Khanna said Wednesday night.

After escaping trouble for shooting an advertisement near the Mecca mosque in Hyderabad, Sania Mirza has been accused of allegedly disrespecting the national flag.

Lawsuits have been filed against her by some lawyers with newspaper and video clipping “proof” of how Sania had put up her feet towards the national tricolour while watching a match at Hopman Cup in Perth.

“It is unfortunate that a photograph taken during the Hopman Cup, in which Sania was representing India, has created serious misunderstanding in the minds of some people who are now taking this issue too far.

“Sania respects the national flag and the interest of the nation is too close to her heart. Such issues should not be pursued beyond a point in the best interest of the country,” Khanna said.

“Sania is a great nationalist and has been the flag bearer of the Indian Women Team since the 2002 Asian Games. She made India proud by winning the mixed doubles Gold Medal along with Leander Paes and two Silver Medals at the Doha Asian Games. She also won for the country five Gold Medals in the Afro-Asian Games,” he added.

Mirza paid dearly for not taking advantage of her numerous break point chances to crash out of the Hobart International in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

The sixth seed looked to be heading for the semi-finals when she levelled the match in the second set for the loss of just one game. But Italian Flavia Pennetta came roaring back to win 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in 92 minutes.

India is going to be playing the Fed Cup in Bangkok towards the end of the month, and it is more important for the country to keep Sania’s mind free from distractions and unnecessary controversies.

Sania is a great believer in the honour of the nation and has time and again sacrificed her personal interests to be able to compete for the nation, he added.